Take back your hobbies

Have you ever sat around on a Saturday, totally zoned out, only to snap back and wonder when you became so boring?

I have. I do it frequently.

Remember hobbies? Those were fun! Why did I stop doing them? I can tell you when, but not so much why. Let’s think it out.

I’ve been out of college for more than a few years now. That transition from education mode to work mode is a challenging one and school did NOT prepare me. I remember going through an orientation at the beginning of college. There should really be an exit interview/real-world orientation before leaving!

I wasn’t ready for the schedule shakeup.

I wasn’t ready for the culture shift.

I wasn’t ready to be planted into a totally new group of people, leaving behind the group I’d spent years getting to know.

That’s all part of the “enter the workforce” stage of life and I get it. It’s fine now. But one thing I’ve yet to fully get back on track is the amount of time I spend dedicated to passion projects. Whether it be writing, painting, reading, exercising, knitting, cooking, gaming, sports, volunteering, etc., everyone has that thing they are passionate about. I let mine get lost in the shuffle. I’m ready to take it back.

I’ve seen other people in this same stage of life face the same problems with their hobbies, or lack thereof. I’ve seen them get entirely too tied up in work. I’ve seen them put aside their own happiness, and sometimes their own health, just to feel overworked and lose valuable time needed to focus on themselves. I’ve been that person. It doesn’t feel good. We need something to give us personal enrichment away from the day job. I believe that balance is crucial, not only to happiness, but to success in many aspects of life. There is so much you can make better for yourself by focusing on you every now and then. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary.

This whole Medium adventure has been part of taking back my hobbies. As I’ve said before, I want to write more for me than I have in the last few years. And that’s not all! I’ve done theatre since I was 15 and I’ve been itching for ways to get back into it. I work an abnormal schedule, so that’s been difficult but I’ve found ways to make it work. Writing has been a big part of that. It’s allowed me to create theatre without committing to a rehearsal and show schedule that I simply cannot make myself available for right now. This way, I’ve managed to get a couple scripts read on stage over the last few years. I’d like to increase that number.

Hopefully, maybe, one day I can get on stage again. That would be a dream. Nothing else has given me the joy, fear or excitement that performing has. I am a little concerned that the time away and the anxieties of adulthood will hold me back…but I’ll have to cross that bridge when it comes.

That’s me. Those are my goals and how I’m trying to accomplish them. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m feeling good. All it takes every time is to stop making excuses and go for the gold.

I think we should all be proactive with our hobbies. Take them back. Don’t wait for one to come to you. Don’t wait for inspiration. Go make it happen. No more waiting. I’m tired of waiting.